Daniel E. Cummins, Esquire is a partner with the Scranton, Pennsylvania law firm of Foley, Comerford & Cummins, where he specializes in insurance defense litigation. His practice mainly involves defending against automobile accident claims and premises liability claims along with the defense of products liability and medical malpractice matters. Attorney Cummins has been granted an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating possible in that directory’s peer review system for lawyers.
Attorney Cummins is a graduate of Villanova University (’90, B.A., cum laude, English) and The Dickinson School of Law (’93, J.D.). He completed his law school studies at The University of London, Faculty of Laws in London, England.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Cummins served as the Senior Law Clerk for the Honorable Harold A. Thomson, Jr. in the Pike County Court of Common Pleas for two years before going into private practice in 1997, primarily in the insurance defense litigation field.
In addition to being an insurance defense litigator, Attorney Cummins also serves as a contributing columnist with the Pennsylvania Law Weekly and other publications covering emerging trends in civil litigation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In the years 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012 articles of his went on to secure First and/or Second Place Awards in the Weekly Newspaper Category of the annual Schnader Print Media Awards. A sample of his variety of articles may be viewed at http://www.jdsupra.com/profile/danielcummins_docs/.
In September of 2005, Attorney Cummins was recognized and honored by American Law Media as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track.” To date, he remains one of only three attorneys from Northeastern, Pennsylvania to have been so recognized. This recognition was given to attorneys who have exhibited excellence in advocacy, advancement of the law, community service and service to the bar. More recently, Attorney Cummins was also recognized in the Super Lawyers—Rising Stars edition of the Philadelphia Magazine as one of the top young attorneys in Pennsylvania.
More recently, in 2010, Attorney Cummins was hired by the George T. Bisel, Inc. publishing company to be the writer of the annual Supplement to the Pennsylvania Trial Advocacy Handbook and continued in that capacity through 2012.
Attorney Cummins has also created, and continues to write, a legal blog entitled “Tort Talk” which can be viewed at www.TortTalk.com. The blog is designed to provide updates on important cases and trends in Pennsylvania civil litigation law. Readers of the blog may provide their email addresses in the box in the upper right hand corner of the blog if they wish to become an email subscriber and receive notification of the periodic updates posted. The Tort Talk blog has been selected and honored by both the ABA Law Journal and LexisNexis as one of the Top Insurance Law Blogs, as well as, one of the Top Tort Law Blogs in the entire United States.
Mr. Cummins is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Lackawanna County Bar Association (Board Member/Executive Committee), and the Pike County Bar Association. He also is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), both of which are national organizations of defense counsel and insurance professionals. Attorney Cummins is also a board member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.
He is also a former Board Member of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI), a statewide group of insurance defense counsel and professionals. In 2012, he was appointed as Vice President of the North Region of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute. He has also been the Co-Chairperson of the Auto Law Committee of the PDI since 2011.
Attorney Cummins resides in the Hill Section of Scranton, Pennsylvania with his wife and three young sons. He actively volunteers and/or contributes to several local charities and also coaches local little league baseball, basketball, and soccer teams.